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Environment Management

Environment, Health and Safety Stewardship
Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. (HCCBPL) follows Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) standards as implemented in the operations of The Coca-Cola Company across all countries worldwide. HCCBPL complies with all applicable regulations prescribed by the law of the land and focuses on Water Resource Management, Energy Management and Solid Waste Management towards mitigation of its environment impact.

Energy Management
HCCBPL emphasizes the purchase of energy efficient equipment at the design stage, with the appropriate upkeep of such equipment to maintain efficient running throughout its lifetime. In line with our business policy, the processes and performance of equipment are reviewed periodically and wherever warranted, the processes/equipment are upgraded/replaced for improved performance.

Approximately 20% of energy used by HCCBPL comes from renewable energy mix and HCCBPL plans to expand it to 40% by the year 2020.

Green Fuel
HCCBPL emphasizes on using environmentally friendly and greener fuel in its trucks. In order to achieve this objective, HCCBPL had converted 12 % of Company Owned trucks to CNG and for its operations in cities where CNG dispensing units are available, has also decided to induct new trucks which are CNG compliant. The use of CNG is a forward move to lessen the emission of greenhouse gases that pose the risk of global warming.

Waste Management Practices
HCCBPL emphasizes on 3-R policy (Reduce, Reuse/Recycle and Replenish) for Waste management. We have been working in partnership with our suppliers for optimizing the primary and secondary packaging to minimize the waste generation. Bulk packaging and re-usable packages are introduced wherever possible to further achieve waste minimization.

Almost all recyclable waste such as glass, paper, waste crown, etc., from manufacturing operations is recycled through authorized waste recycler.

Sustainable Packaging
We at HCCBPL take responsibility to review the packaging we use and ensure that any negative impact arising from our production or disposal is minimized.

Finding the balance between under-packaging and over-packaging is the aim for us. To be able to address this responsibility effectively, we believe in taking a Life-Cycle approach. This also commonly referred to as Cradle-to-Grave process, covers the consecutive and interlinked stages of a product system, from raw material acquisition or generation from natural resources to final disposal.

This framework is the intersection between the role of packaging and the principles of sustainability. It addresses how packaging can positively contribute to the sustainability of a product by being:
  • Designed holistically with the product in order to optimize overall environmental performance.
  • Made from responsibly sourced materials.
  • Able to meet market criteria for performance and cost.
  • Manufactured using clean production technologies.
  • Efficiently recoverable after use.
  • Sourced, manufactured, transported and recycled using renewable energy.

As the most significant & efficient initiatives towards being a responsible company, HCCBPL has focused on the specific factors for sustainable design of packaging which include:

Use of minimal materials
HCCBPL has been trying to optimize the package through lower raw material inputs, reduced transport, less waste and lower CO₂ emissions. This is done by pursuing a very dedicated approach towards removing the excess from the existing packages while ensuring the new packages follow a stringent process at design stage itself. Light weighting of the plastic bottles & short-neck bottles have given very significant savings in material. We have been able to reduce approx. 25% of the material in glass bottles by moving to Ultra glass bottles without compromising on the consumer satisfaction.

Logistics efficiency (through complete life cycle)
A very astute sourcing strategy & living up to the standards of being the biggest supply chain organization. HCCBPL is constantly striving towards being not only the biggest but the most efficient supply chain right from getting raw material to delivering the finished goods to the market.

Eliminate the use of materials toxic to humans or the environment
We have completely eliminated the use of Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) in HCCBPL packages because of it being a material hazardous to the environment and have replaced it with a more environment friendly material, i.e. Polyethylene Terephthalate-Glycol (PET-G). This also makes the entire package easily recyclable.

Use of renewable resources in packaging
In a one-of-its-kind initiative, we have successfully replaced one of the components of the bottle polymer, derived from petrochemical resources, with the same component being derived from a renewable plant resource. This has a significant potential in reducing the ever-increasing strain on shrinking petrochemical resources and is being piloted as plant bottle for beverage packaging.

Reusability of packaging – reuse of package
We at HCCBPL strongly believe in the reuse of the packaging material to the maximum of its life cycle & the proper disposal of the same after the culmination. Reusability of glass bottles & plastic crates is a case in point.

Effects on atmosphere/climate – ozone layer, volatile organic compounds etc.
As a responsible organization, we encourage & partner our suppliers to adopt good manufacturing practices, while eliminating wastage from the system.

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